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His son Pierce Oliver Brewer Jr. aka Captain Kidd Brewer Jr. starred in the film The Abyss, died May 22, 1990 (only 41 years old) in an diving accident. In following releases the film was dedicated to him in the credits with the words "This film is dedicated to the memory of Captain Pierce Oliver Kidd Brewer Jr." —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 07:26, 30 April 2011 (UTC)
According to some google results, he shot himself in the head.. not a diving accident --CutOffTies (talk) 14:22, 30 April 2011 (UTC)
What is the original source of "he died in an accident during the underwater scenes"? His character in the movie drowns, but most of the movie's characters ended up dead, too. In real life he shot himself in the head in May, 1990 in his home in Raleigh, NC during a prolonged period of depression over financial reversals. I was a close family member. A large crowd attended his memorial service, including The Abyss actors Ed Harris, Todd Graff, and John Bedford Lloyd. The Abyss director James Cameron arrived later in the day and paid his respects to the family privately.